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4 Braided Hairstyles to Wear at the Beach This Summer

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After a long, hard winter, we're ready to greet summer with open arms (and a margarita in tow). What better way to kick off the season of fun in the sun than with a beach day? But before you hit the sand, you'll have to brush up on your beach-worthy hairstyles. That's where we come in. Read on to discover four easy braided 'dos that can keep you looking stylish and comfortable at the beach this season. From simple plaits to braided crowns, which style will you rock first?


Braided crown


Before heading out the door, sweep your hair up into a gorgeous braided crown, which is super practical for a day at the beach for a number of reasons. For starters, the elegant style keeps your strands out of your face and off your neck during a hot summer day. Long-haired gals especially can benefit from hair that's pulled back at the beach, since high-speed winds paired with saltwater and sand can become a recipe for knots. The braided crown also helps eliminate the risk of flyaways and frizz in humid conditions-so you can enjoy your time at the beach without worrying about how your hair looks!


Top tip: For a more relaxed feel (you are going to the beach, after all!), pull out some small pieces of hair just above your ears. Accessorize the braid with flowers and pair the look with light, natural-looking makeup.


Fishtail pigtail braids


Who said pigtail braids are only meant for schoolgirls? Anyone can rock this fun and flirty style! Give your pigtail braids a bit of a modern edge by transforming them into twin fishtail braids at the nape of the neck. To play up the boho vibe (and add just enough grip), use a texturing spray, like L'Oréal Professionnel Wild Stylers Next Day Hair, onto dry strands before braiding.


Messy side braid


A messy side braid snaked over your shoulder is meant to look perfectly imperfect, making it a no-brainer style for a relaxed beach day. It may take a bit of time to nail the perfect side braid, but once you have the technique down we're almost certain you'll be reaching for this style all summer long.


Four-stranded side braid


If you think three-stranded braids are a challenge, wait till you see this four-stranded side braid! While it may seem intimidating at first, keep in mind that the end result is not meant to look precise but rather deliberately messy. Don't be afraid to embrace different braid sizes, textures, and-yes-even flyaways.


No matter which plaited hairstyle you choose, make sure to protect your strands from harmful UV rays this summer, just as you would your skin. Stock up on wide-brimmed hats, UV-protectant sprays, like our Vitamino Color 10-in-1 spray, and the like. Also, if you go for a dip in the ocean, be sure to rinse out any lingering saltwater in your strands soon after returning home.

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